ASEAN welcome simulated
at PIA Info kiosk launch
TAGBILARAN CITY, March 16 (PIA)--True to the Boholano tradition of a grand welcome, the launching of two Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) kiosks in two strategic areas identified as the entry routes of the delegates of the 10 country members of the bloc to Bohol came in like a red carpet welcome.
This sums up the comment of Bohol Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II, after leading the launching ceremonies of the ASEAN PIA Info kiosk at the VIP lounge of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in the port of Tagbilaran.
Earlier, in previous coordination meetings, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto has appealed to Boholanos to prepare and unroll a red carpet welcome for the ASEAN.
Damalerio, who just flew in from Manila, sat for Governor Chatto who could not attend due to another equally important event in Tagbilaran City that time, was surprised by a contingent street dancing to an ethnic tune and recounting Bohol's history, culture and celebrating its natural under seascapes while chanting "Welcome ASEAN."
Damalerio also led local officials including Bohol Tourism Officer Josephine R. Cabarrus, PPA Manager Engr. James Gantalao, City Tourism Officer Shobel Lofranco, Jaypee Orcullo of the Department of Tourism in Bohol and Capitol Special Events Chief Liza Flores in unrolling the ASEAN tarpaulin marker at the entrance of the VIP lounge and the ribbon cutting for the new kiosks.
All along, a string rondalla serenaded the guests during the ribbon cutting and the preliminary ceremonies.
A 42 student team of street dancers and instrumentalists from the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School through principal Virgilia Omictin lent the group to detail the school's support to the ASEAN welcome.
Damalerio also thanked the PPA for lending to the ASEAN the new PPA multi-purpose hall as the VIP lounge as soon as the delegates come in for the top-level meetings to be held in Panglao in mid April.
Earlier in the morning, a similar launching happened at the departure lounge of the Tagbilaran City Airport.
Governor Edgar Chatto, who arrived aboard the first flight to Tagbilaran stepped into the departure lounge into a mini-concert by Bohol Persons with Disabilities singing well loved Boholano tunes.
This is our Bisayan welcome to the ASEAN delegates, confessed Nikki Radaza, leader of BlindMates, the band composed of blind musicians regularly performing for tourists at the airport and the port.
The governor then led the ribbon cutting rites to officially put into operation the airport lounge PIA Info Kiosk.
Provincial Tourism Council Executive Director Emmylou Palacio-Noel, CTO Shobel Lofranco-Ligalig, PIA, Liza Flores and City Information Officer Fiel Gabin represented city mayor John Geesnell Yap during the ceremonies.
Also during the port launching, PPA manager James Gantalao assured of port safety and security with or without the ASEAN.
Amidst viral threats of security sabotage against the coast guard in Leyte, Gantalao informed the media that the PPA has installed three more x-ray scanners for baggage going through the passenger terminals even as he assured that an army complement has been on standby to beef up its security.
Moreover, Bohol has already on training 10 more K9 dogs according to Damalerio.
The newly trained bomb sniffing dogs would also help secure the ASEAN, he said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
Like what the Boholanos have always done when welcoming guests, Bohol launched its ASEAN PIA info kiosks with the pomp and pageantry the governor wanted to see. The PIA info kiosks are interactive installations in the airport and the port of Tagbilaran to maximize on the ASEAN and Bohol information dissemination. (PIA-7/Bohol)